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Lilac Lane B&B, Antique and Gift Shop

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Please note that this guide was last updated over ten years ago (2003), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Mariann and Matthew Marlow
1738 Chemong Rd, Peterborough, Ontario

Tel: + 1 705-876-8000
No cell number available
Tel: + 1 705-748-9973

I encountered a few of my favourite Canadian things at Lilac Lane. Firstly, Mariann herself, gorgeous, generous and filled with smiles; and secondly her son Matthew’s donuts - Jamie Oliver, stand aside.....

.... They live just outside bustling Peterborough in an 1860s house, built of stone excavated during the building of the local railway. The original porch of the house has been converted to the breakfast room. With thick stone walls, wood floors and windows all around, some of which look inside to the kitchen - others across the paddock and valley beyond - it’s a lovely sunny place to start the day. Shafts of morning sun stream into the room, somehow already familiar, with its pine chests, dried flowers, plants and a charming old baker’s cabinet. is one of those gorgeous Canadian weatherboard barns, home to three barn cats, a couple of pony traps, bits of old aeroplane, painful-looking turnip-peelers, a threshing machine, chairs, tables, beams, windows and other ordinary and extraordinary bits of architectural salvage. Projects galore. Slowly, but surely, they will be lovingly restored and promoted to the house, like the beautifully chunky church doors in the sitting room. A personable and charming home.

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Rooms: 3: 1 queen with en-suite bathroom, 1 queen with private/shared 4-piece bathroom, twin beds with private/shared 4-piece bathroom.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full and continental buffet breakfast included.
Directions: Head north out of Peterborough on Chemong Rd for about 2 miles. Keep eyes peeled for a sign on right-hand side. House is set back from the road.

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